Bethel University

Graduate School

Master of Criminal Justice


325 Cherry Avenue

Mckenzie, TN 38201

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Format: Online

Program Description:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Bethel will give you a competitive edge when applying for management and administrative positions in the courts, corrections, law enforcement, security, and probation and parole systems. Designed for the working professional, our integration of theory, policy, field experience, and research methodology will greatly enhance your understanding of the field of criminal justice. Our program is 100% online and designed to fit the needs of the working professional. You can complete our master's program in 36 semester hours, consisting of 10 required core courses and two elective courses that can be satisfied in a number of ways. Students currently employed in criminal justice for one year or more can elect to participate in a tuition-waived practicum worth three semester hours. Students will have the opportunity to attend weekend seminars conducted by esteemed criminal justice professionals and to take elective courses focusing on specific areas of interest in the field. Program Benefits: Time for Life: Classes are online. With just a touch of your finger, you will be able to access your classes anytime, anywhere. Learn with Peers: You will find your classmates are just like you. Bethel University College of Public Service students are working professionals with busy lives and families. Relevant Coursework: Our Criminal Justice degree program is designed to be applicable to your work life from the first day of class. Often projects actually involve your individual work life. All courses are developed to help you excel in your career, even before you graduate. Writing-based, Not Test-based: Strong communication skills drive success in the field of Criminal Justice. We make sure you become an expert at communicating, not test taking, and grades are determined by a writing-based curriculum. We even offer writing workshops to help students become comfortable with good writing techniques. Success is the Goal: You will never have to worry about what comes next or how the program works. Our enrollment counselors help you from your first questions until your diploma is in your hand. Masters Program Course Examples: To get a better idea of what you'll be learning take a look at a few of our course descriptions below: Topics in Criminal Justice: A survey of current topics in Criminal Justice. 3 semester hours. This course is a survey of current topics in criminal justice including diversity and ethics. Diversity in the Criminal Justice System. 3 semester hours. This course examines the interrelationship of race, class and gender with the criminal justice system in law enforcement and the correctional system. Administration of Organizations in the Criminal Justice System. 3 semester hours. This course will provide students with the knowledge to conduct general systems based analysis of criminal justice organizations and to develop programs to improve the efficiency of such organizations. Statistics in Criminal Justice. 3 semester hours. This course is intended to equip the student with the ability to calculate and conduct statistical analyses for original research, and to ensure the ability to interpret the results of statistical analysis and to apply those results appropriately to real world situations.


Bethel University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Bethel University.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Federal Application for Free Financial Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA Code: 003480.

Locale: Large Suburb

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